Spark critical thinking by asking students to respond to tall tales and tell some of their own — as long as they are not related to homework.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Using author Audrey Wood's Paul Bunyan myth, students locate natural wonders and mark them on a U.S. map.
After reading author Mary Pope Osbourne's book, students create a class book of folk heroes and write a bragging speech.
Students read and discuss American tall tales, including their common characteristics.
Students brainstorm the evolution of communication, explore folktales and their elements, and study and create cryptology (secret codes).
In this unit, students explore various plotlines and cause-and-effect relationships from the book. Plus, they learn about author Louis Sachar, and transform a scene from the book into an original screenplay.
Book Discussion Guides
20 questions to start discussions about the Louis Sachar book, or to use as writing prompts
This award-winning book provides an engaging opportunity to teach historical fiction, summarizing, and content-area vocabulary. Students will participate in activities ranging from interacting with a website about the Underground Railroad and Civil War to writing a tall-tale about their own mostly true adventures.